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Industries & Applications
  • Cartonboard
  • Geomembranes
  • Nonwoven
  • Packaging
  • Paper
  • Plastics
  • Textile

Hanatek Variable Force Precision Thickness Gauge (FT3-V)

  • Variable force thickness measurement by manual addition of weight
  • Example configurations include ISO 534 / TAPPI T411 (paper and board ), ASTM D6988 (film, standard & low pressure)
  • 0.1µm resolution, 0.4µm accuracy
  • User programmable dwell time and measuring speed
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Why is thickness measured?

Accurate and repeatable thickness measurements can improve product quality whilst controlling the costs associated with raw material usage.

The thickness of a material can directly impact the value of many other parameters including:

  • Strength
  • Stiffness
  • Puncture resistance
  • WVTR
  • CO2
  • O2
  • Haze
  • Opacity
  • Direct Costs
    • Raw materials, especially speciality polymers
  • Indirect Costs
    • Rework/Recycling/Replacement cost – Spoiled package content

Why is film thickness important?

Plastic films are often used to encapsulate, protect and preserve products that are sold to consumers or industry. The film is used as a two way barrier to stop product leaking out and also external contaminants migrating in.

FT3 ready meal

How is thickness measured?

Physical test parameters can be factory configured according to international standards or customer requirements. The accuracy of thickness measurement is determined by several key operating factors.

Parameters affecting the accuracy of thickness measurement

FT3 product probe

Momentum and Profile of Measurement Probe

Measurement probes are factory configured according to the test standard required.

FT3 product pressure

Measurement Pressure

Additional weights are added to vary the pressure according to requirements from standards.

FT3 standard test

Measurement Dwell Time

Dwell time can be varied according to application requirements


FT3 screen
The Instrument is linearised throughout its measurement range using multi point calibration

Flatness/Parallelism of Measurement Area

FT3 flatness
Flatness of measurement head/anvil < 0.2μm.
Typical parallelism < 1μm

Comparison of thickness measurement techniques

The accuracy of thickness measurement is determined by several key operating factors.

Handheld MicrometerBench/Sprung MicrometerPrecision Thickness Gauge
Measurement pressureVariable by operatorNot always to standardFixed to standard or variable
Measurement footNot always to standardNot always to standardFixed to relevant standard
Dwell timeNot controlledNot controlledSelected by operator
Measurement speedNot controlledNot controlledSelected by operator
Programmable measurementsNoneNoneUser select up to 500 readings
Statistical analysisNoneManual/automaticAutomatic with time/date stamped
Sensor resolution1 μm1 μm0.1 / 0.01 μm
Repeatability2 - 10 μm2 - 10 μm0.4 μm (or better dependant on
operating conditions)
Reproducibility2 - 20 μm2 - 10 μm0.8 μm (or better dependant on
operating conditions)


The Hanatek Precision Thickness Gauge (FT3) is specifically designed to quickly and accurately measure the thickness of a variety of substrates including film, paper, board, foil, tissue and textiles.

Other Applications

Rhopoint can configure thickness gauges to suit applications that do not have a recommended international standard.

Laminated packaging
Foil packaging